Elysium - Future Collaboration Album with Remon Sakr


I am delighted to announce an ongoing international collaboration between myself, the Egyptian film score composer & ethnic Egyptian wind instrumentalist, Remon Sakr, the Cairo cellist, Jan Abadier and the Californian vocalist, classics scholar, and multi-instrumentalist Bettina Joy De Guzman...









The album will be named "Elysium" - here is what Remon Sakr has to say so far about this project:

"I'm so much happy to announce about my upcoming album which will be released in the beginning of 2019 under a temporarily name "Elysium" (and may be it will be the final title).

About "Elysium", I collected musicians that I'm so much proud to work with, and I'm still working on collecting the rest of the musicians and these pictures are for the musicians who are existing in the album officially.

Ladies and gentlemen: let me introduce, my partner (Co-composer) and the Lyre Player Michael Levy - Composer for Lyre & the touchable angelic voice Bettina Joy De Guzman and there is more musicians will join us of course -  I will announce about their collaboration at the suitable moment.

For who is asking about the meaning of "Elysium", this is a definition I copied from the Wikipedia:

"Elysium or the Elysian Fields (Ancient Greek: Ἠλύσιον πεδίον, Ēlýsion pedíon) is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults." 

In short, in ancient Greek mythology, Elysium was a section of the Underworld . The Elysian fields were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous...

In this unique international collaboration, Remon asked me to create four new melodic themes for a selection of some of my lyres, which in the creation of the album, he is orchestrating and skilfully weaving together my themes; to create an almost transcendental tapestry of sound.

Here is an exclusive 'sneak preview' from the as yet unreleased album, of track 3, "Fate and Freedom". The track opens with a haunting narration in Arabic of a poem by Sakr, on the eternally perplexing paradox of how we have always been subject to both the inevitable destiny of our fate & yet also, we also have freedom to choose our fate:



For the remaining tracks, Remon will also be adding the other-worldy vocals of Bettina Joy De Guzman; in order to attempt to weave together, what I am sure will be, a magical musical tapestry, with the goal of seamlessly fusing ancient and contemporary musical timbres.


This exciting new collaboration album will be released sometime in the early months of 2019...the best things in life are worth waiting for!


 

Salvation's Hymn for Amun (In the North Temple of Amun) - Collaboration with Remon Sakr

Another collaboration with the Egyptian film score composer, Remon Sakr. I created the lyre theme for track 7, "Salvation's Hymn for Amun (In the North Temple of Amun)", for his 2017 ancient Egyptian themed album, "The Epic of Thebes: Story of Passion & War".

This inspiration behind this album is based on the epic journey into the era of the Pharaoh Ahmose Iand his struggle against the Hyksos...












The Holy Nile (Hymn to Hapi) - Collaboration with Remon Sakr

My first collaboration with the Egyptian film score composer, Remon Sakr.

For track 5 on his 2017 ancient Egyptian-themed album, "The Epic of Thebes: Story of Passion & War" , I created the lyre theme, which Remon skillfully orchestrated.

This album is based on the epic journey into the era of the Pharaoh Ahmose I and his struggle against the Hyksos...


 

 











 

 

Zoa Constrictor - Collaboration with the Belgian Music Project, "BatWhaleDragon"


I am delighted to announce my collaboration in the marvellously meditative album, "Zoa Constrictor", released on 25th January 2019, by the unique Belgian music project, "BatWhaleDragon"!

The first track features a wonderfully creative, New Age-esque 'deconstruction' of my track "Hymn to the Stars", from my 2016 release, "The Ancient Greek Kithara of Classical Antiquity":


"Upon hearing the track 'Hymn to the Stars' we instantly felt transported to the warm & comfortable steamclouds of a Roman bath.


We love how passionate Michael is about bringing an appreciation to the sounds of the past and are honoured to put a modern spin on his wonderful track.


In our album Zoa Constrictor, we imagine Michael as Amphion, building up a psychedelic dreamworld by striking the magical strings of his kithara..."

 

In describing the unique concept of their ongoing musical project:

"BatWhaleDragon is a creative chimaera: We collaborate with a variety of passionate artists and experiment constantly to create the most magnificent oddballs.

Our stories range from goofy to stupendously serious. Anything goes in our mission to inspire wonder, thought, and awe.

Together, we bend genres, upend conventions, and more. 

Join us as we explore uncharted continents of creativity!"

Epitaph of Seikilos - Collaboration with Bettina Joy De Guzman


A collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman, in our arrangement of the "Epitaph of Seikilos" - the oldest complete piece of notated music to have survived from ancient Greece:



 

 

Hymn to Aphrodite - Collaboration with Bettina Joy De Guzman

Another collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman.

In this collaboration, Bettina added her own lyrics and haunting vocals to my composition, "Ode to Aphrodite" (originally featured on my 2010 release, "The Ancient Greek Lyre")...




 





 

 

Ode to Ancient Rome - Shield of Aeneas - Collaboration with Bettina Joy De Guzman


Another collaboration with the Californian vocalist and lyre player, Bettina Joy De Guzman. Bettina added her own lyrics and haunting vocals to my composition, "Ode to Ancient Rome" (originally featured as track 1 from my 2012 album, "Ode to Ancient Rome")...




 



 

 

The Rise of Marduk - Collaboration with "Blasphemous Creation"


One of the most surreal collaborations I have had to date, was back in 2015, with the Nevada Death Metal Band, "Blasphemous Creation"!

 

In short, this "The Rise of Markuk"  was the second of their 'ancient aliens trilogy' concept albums - and yes, the band contacted me, to request my permission to feature my arrangement of the 3,400 year old Bronze Age Hurrian Hymn from my 2009 release, "An Ancient Lyre", to accompany the opening narration of the album:




I guess this collaboration really puts the 'heavy metal' back into the Bronze Age!

 



Forsaken Dynasty - Collaboration with "Blasphemous Creation"


My second collaboration with the Nevada Death Metal band, "Blasphemous Creation"! 





For the introductory voice over to this 'aliens in ancient Egypt' themed album, (the 3rd and final album of their epic 'Ancient Alien Trilogy'!), the band featured my track "An Ancient Lyre" - track 1 from my 2009 album of the same title...even Anubis himself shall quake in terror!!!




The Orpheus Project - Collaboration with Felt Music Library


In May 2012, I collaborated with the composers MaryAnne & Michael Tedstone, in performing lyre music, recorded at the George Martin Air Edel Studios, for an epic Roman-themed soundtrack, "SPQR" - for use in television & film, licensed by the renowned 
Felt Music Library:


To have recorded had the opportunity of recording my lyre in one of the actual studios once owned by the legendary late manager of "The Beatles" themselves, was certainly the ultimate 'Libation to Apollo'!









 


 

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